There’s nothing more painful than a broken heart, and nothing more disheartening than a spirit broken by abuse or neglect. American Friends of Ariel has committed itself to do all that it can to give a fair chance to those teenagers who need it most.
The Bentley Center Warm Home for Teens is an after-school guidance, counseling and activity program under the auspices of Ariel’s Social Services Department. It provides a “warm home” for at-risk teenage girls with programs, workshops, and mentorships that nurture their creativity, self-confidence, and sense of belonging. Since opening in 2012, the Warm Home for Teens has proven itself as an effective training ground and a nurturing haven.
The Bentley Center operates twice a week. Staffers include a director and social worker. Currently, the program accommodates 14 teenagers, who are assigned a home “mom.”
With the advent of an inviting home atmosphere, the teens at the Warm Home benefit significantly from the support of our friends, who provide funding for enhanced programming and workshops.
Day trips; mentoring; and drama, makeup, and film projects have already helped Warm Home teens with their emotional health while developing the tools and confidence they need to face life’s challenges.